Obsidian Tear

Obsidian Tear
2016

Company 
The Royal Ballet

Duration
30 minutes

Choreography
Wayne McGregor

Music
Esa-Pekka Salonen 'Lachen Verlent' and 'Nyx'

Set Design
Wayne McGregor

Lighting Design 
Lucy Carter

Fashion Director
Katie Shillingford

Fashion Designers
Craig Green, Hood By Air, Julius, Gareth Pugh, Assaf Reeb, Christopher Shannon, Telfar and Vivienne Westwood

Dramaturgy
Uzma Hameed

Originally danced by
Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Alexander Campbell, Tristan Dyer, Ryoichi Hirano, Paul Kay, Calvin Richardson, Eric Underwood and Edward Watson

Premiere date and venue
28 May 2016, Royal Opera House, London, UK

Dates

'A CHOREOGRAPHIC BREAKTHROUGH FOR WAYNE McGREGOR'

- Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

Obsidian Tear is McGregor's first work for The Royal Ballet created on an all-male cast, bringing together two works for violin by renowned Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Obsidian Tear is a choreographic response to the mythic grandeur of Esa Pekka Salonen’s symphonic poem Nyx. The ballet’s title takes inspiration from the epic geological journey of the volcanic rock, obsidian, as metaphor for the potent emotional and social forces exerted on human life. Katie Shillingford (Fashion Editor for Dazed and Confused Magazine and Fashion Director with AnOther Magazine) collaborated on the work as Fashion Director, with Lucy Carter providing lighting design.

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'A CAPTIVATING AND CHALLENGING NEW LANGUAGE...ONE OF [McGREGOR'S] STRONGEST WORKS TO DATE'

- Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

On 11 May, McGregor held an insight event at the Royal Opera House, rehearsing with dancers Edward WatsonMatthew Ball and Calvin Richardson and discussing the creation of Obsidian Tear with composer and conductor Salonen. The insight event, which was streamed live, can be watched below. 

Co-production between The Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet.
Generous philanthropic support from Linda and Philip Harley, Victoria Robey and an anonymous donor.


Images: Andrej Uspenski, © ROH.